An Athens criminal appeals tribunal on Tuesday found six of nine defendants in the trial for the "Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire) terror group guilty of felonies and a 7th defendant guilty lesser charges, while acquitting the two other defendants, handing down sentences of 11 to 25 years imprisonment.
In a stricter ruling than that initially sought by the prosecutor in the case, the court found two of the defendants, Haris Hatzimihelakis and Panagiotis Argyrou, guilty of setting up a terrorist organisation, possession and construction of explosives, and moral instigation of three bomb explosions: at the home of former deputy interior minister Panagiotis Hinofotis on July 12, 2009, at the offices of the Macedonia-Thrace ministry on September 2 that same year, and at the home of PASOK (the main opposition party at the time) official (and later minister) Louka Katseli a few weeks later, on September 23, 2009.
The court also found four defendants, Giorgos Karayiannidis, Panagiotis Massouras, Konstantina Karakatsani and Alexandros Mitroussias, guilty of membership in a terrorist gang, aiding the explosion at Katseli's home, violation of the law on explosive materials, and construction and possession of the explosive device placed at Katseli's home.
Additionally, the court found one defendant, Emmanuel (Manolis) Yiospas guilty of robbery, theft and forgery.
The court further acquitted Nikos Vogiatzakis and Errikos Rallis due to doubts.
According to the court ruling, the physical perpetrators of the explosions remain unknown.
The prosecutor, Dimitris Dassoulas, had last month recommended the acquittal of Yiospas, Rallis and Vogiatzakis, and guilty rulings for the remaining six on felony and misdemeanour charges including participation in a criminal organization, possession of explosive materials and causing explosions.
According to the court ruling, Hatzimihelakis and Argyrou were each served with a total of 77 years imprisonment running concurrently, with incarceration set at 25 years, Karayiannidis was served with 32 years (20 years incarceration), Massouras with 19 years (to serve 11 years and 6 months), and Mitroussias and Karakatsani with 19 years (to serve 11 years).
Yiospas, who was not found guilty on terrorism charges but on three misdemeanours, was served a sentence of 2 years and 9 months with a three-year suspension.